Weathered Thomasville Buffet/Dresser
Description: Thomasville dresser painted in a weathered shades of teal and olive with some natural wood peeking through. It has been finished in a dark wax. 9 drawers, all wood, and original hardware in oil rubbed bronze. Extremely solid piece would make a great TV stand or buffet. It is a bit more teal than green and the color blending shows up more in person. The top has been sanded and stained in walnut and then given a teal wash to enhance the grain. Wonderful statement piece.
Dusty Blue/Grey Buffet
Description: Beautiful buffet from Bernhardt painted in a dusty pale blue/grey with pewter and copper accents. The top has been sanded and stained in walnut. There are 3 drawers and 4 doors for plenty of storage. Very sturdy, well made piece.
French Country Buffet/Dresser
Description: French Country buffet/dresser done in shadow and beige with medium wax finish. Super sturdy and well made. 9 drawers all work great. Nice neutral colors for any decor.
Deep Teal Vintage Buffet
Description: Vintage buffet done in deep teal with bronze legs and trim. We left some of the parts natural burled wood and the top has been sanded and stained in walnut. One large drawer and 2 doors for storage.
Chocolate & Shades of Red Buffet/Dresser
Description: Dresser from American Drew painted in dark chocolate with weathered drawers in shades of red, copper and bronze that are finished with dark wax. Parts have been left original wood shade to match the coppery colors, and the top has been sanded and stained dark walnut. 10 drawers for lots of storage and they work perfectly. Very solid well made piece.
Deep Red Dresser/Buffet
Description: 4 drawer dresser/buffet from Dixie painted in deep red with dark wax. The top have been sanded and stained with dark walnut. Floral designs and trim has been accented with a coppery bronze metallic. Original hardware in coppery bronze.
Navy and Bronze Dresser/Buffet
Description: Dresser/buffet painted in deep navy and drawers have a weathered look in navy, bronze and grey. The top has been stained in walnut. Metallic legs, hardware and trim give it a nice elegant look.
What is a Buffet?
It is an item of furniture traditionally used in the dining room for serving food, for displaying serving dishes such as silver, and for storage. They were first used in Sweden to lay out big spreads of food and drink, known smorgasbords.
Yes, There Is a Difference
Buffet, sideboard, server, credenza: Do you find yourself using these terms interchangeably? I sure do! After all, there’s so much overlap between these furniture types that a piece’s classification is often determined solely by its location in your home. Confusing, right? Oh, and have you heard of a huntboard? I hadn’t either, at least until reading this helpful Houzz design article that breaks down the details of these terms.
You might be asking yourself why does all of this matter? It doesn’t necessarily, especially if you already have a piece in your dining room that functions for you and meets all of your needs.
But if you’re in the market for a piece of furniture that you can use for storage and serving, you might as well know what you’re searching for, especially since many furniture manufacturers use the terms interchangeably.
Here’s what we learned about these four storage pieces:
- Sideboard: The distinguishing feature of sideboards, according to Houzz, are the short legs. The cabinets may also reach all the way to the floor.
- Buffet: There is no defining difference between a buffet and sideboard, but if the piece has relatively high legs, it may be referred to as a buffet instead of a sideboard.
- Server: A server is smaller, shorter, and more formal than a buffet or sideboard.
- Credenza: Historically a credenza referred to a piece of furniture with no legs and cabinets that reached to the floor, but many modern credenzas have legs. They’re likely to have sliding doors as well.